Best of the web: June 4, 2016

by Fiona Rae / 03 June, 2016
Her Majesty the Queen masks and Jemaine Clement's new podcast The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle ­Bertie’s Botanarium.
Queen mask: fun for kids.
Queen mask: fun for kids.


TRUE COLOURS: Now that the flag debate is over, it’s time to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, and the budding royalist in the family might like something to do over the long weekend. There’s loads of colouring in at ­activityvillage.co.uk, where downloadable PDFs include “Learn to Draw a Corgi” and “Learn to Draw the Queen”. Our favourite is “Her Majesty the Queen Mask”, and if the kids really want to play royals, there are also downloadable Prince Philip, William and Charles masks.

NZ TO THE WORLD: Speaking of royals, if Lorde has taught us anything, it’s that there are no barriers to worldwide digital domination. Now Jemaine Clement and Duncan Sarkies’ podcast The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle ­Bertie’s Botanarium is dominating planet Earth via podcast aggregator Howl FM. Warning: there is a free trial, but a subscription fee follows. Here’s Clement discussing the series on RNZ National.

UnREAL: where The Bachelor fears to tread.
UnREAL: where The Bachelor fears to tread.


SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. The fakery of The Bachelor format is once again under scrutiny in UnREAL on Lightbox, a behind-the-scenes satire that in season two is going to go where the real Bachelor never has: an African-American “suitor”. UnREAL’s creator, a former Bachelor producer, calls the show “a female Breaking Bad”. Available from June 7.

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